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Five Feel-Good Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

This winter looks a little different than what we may be used to. It’s been a rough year, and we could all use some comfort to get us through the rest of 2020. From elves to rock star substitute teachers, here are my five favorite comfort movies.  Check them out!


This movie is a Christmas classic. I watch it every year in December and it never fails to make me laugh. Elf tells the story of a human boy who is raised by elves in the North Pole. When he grows up, he seeks out his father in New York. Along the way he teaches his new family about love, the spirit of Christmas and breakfast spaghetti. This comedy movie is so odd but has many heartwarming moments. It is the perfect comfort movie!

Elf is available on AMC with a cable subscription.

School of Rock

In this musical comedy, Jack Black is a failed rock star who takes a job as a substitute teacher to make a little money. When he realizes the students at his school have musical talent, he forms a band of children in order to get back into the rock world. Jack Black can make any movie good, but this movie is genuinely funny. With great music and an even greater cast, School of Rock is bound to make even the biggest grinch smile. 

School of Rock is available to stream on HBO Max.

Legally Blonde

We all love a good success story. Elle Woods is the epitome of a stereotypical sorority girl, but everything changes when her boyfriend breaks up with her. She puts all her energy into getting into Harvard to prove a point to her ex. In the end, Elle ends up realizing that she is actually a great lawyer. Legally Blonde is an uplifting movie with a good message and iconic lines. Elle’s “What, like it’s hard?” in response to her acceptance into Harvard is truly one of the best-delivered lines in movie history.

Legally Blonde is available to stream on Showtime. 

Mamma Mia!

It’s impossible not to sing along to this musical movie based on the hit songs from the Swedish band ABBA. Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie and her goal to get her father to come to her wedding. The problem is, there are three possible men that could be her father. Meryl Streep plays Donna, Sophie’s adventurous mother who must work through her past to be there for her daughter on her wedding day. It is a funny, cute, and interesting movie. Plus, you can never go wrong with ABBA. 

Mamma Mia! is available to stream on Starz. 

Home Alone

To close this list out I have to go back to one of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time. Kevin McAllister is an eight-year-old kid stuck in a huge family that leaves him feeling ignored. On the morning of a family trip to Paris, Kevin ends up sleeping in and is left at home while the rest of his family go to Paris without him. While his parents lose their minds, Kevin spends his newfound freedom eating pizza and watching movies. The story shifts when Kevin realizes his house is the target of a robbery. Macaulay Culkin plays the cute and incredibly clever main character of this uplifting comedy.

Home Alone is available to stream on Disney+.

If you haven’t already seen any of these movies I highly recommend them. They’re a perfect way to start off winter break. Have fun and happy holidays!

Saanya Advani is a senior at Michigan State University studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passions include music, a good bowl of noodles, and protesting unjust institutional systems.
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